West Series Champion Scott Lynch "Hungry" For Good Run in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2004) - Scott Lynch, the 2003 NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series champion, will literally be racing for ...
West Series Champion Scott Lynch "Hungry" For Good Run in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2004) - Scott Lynch, the 2003 NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series champion, will literally be racing for his future during the Lowe's presents The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 Friday night, Oct. 15, at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Lynch is one of four drivers participating in Unilever's Hungry Drivers Program. Tracy Hines, Mark McFarland, Paul Wolfe and Lynch were each selected to drive three NASCAR Busch Series events in Tommy Baldwin Racing's No. 6 Dodge. One of the four will earn a full-time Busch Series ride for the 2005 season.
"This program is a great opportunity," said Lynch, a 24-year-old native of Burley, Idaho, who now lives in Las Vegas. "Coming from the West Coast, I've never seen most of these tracks. Even though you're not competing every week, it gives you a good opportunity to learn. Anything and everything I'm able to learn, especially from Tommy Baldwin, will help further my career."
A veteran of the West Coast short tracks, Lynch had only seen Lowe's Motor Speedway on television before participating in a testing session last month.
"It's an awesome feeling. Now I can say, I've turned laps at Lowe's Motor Speedway and there aren't many people where I come from who can say that," Lynch noted. "There's definitely nothing like it when you come here and experience the banking in the turns. It's different from any track I've ever raced on."
After a few laps in the No. 6 Country Crock Dodge, Lynch's focus turned from the track's banking to its surface.
"It's not so much the banking; it's the bumps everyone talks about that are throwing me off," he explained. "Where I come from, the tracks are fairly new and they're nice and smooth. This track has so much history and those bumps are part of that history. If you want to be fast, you either learn to go around them or go over them."
The Lowe's presents The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 will be Lynch's second race in the Hungry Drivers Program and getting acclimated to the Busch Series car is a big part of his learning curve.
"Even though I drive a so called 'Busch car' on the West Coast, here we're dealing with more horsepower, radial tires and more competition," said Lynch, who has a degree in communications from the University of Utah. "In our division, we have 10 good teams and on any given day in the Busch Series you're talking about 30 good teams.
"My theory is that you're only as good as the people you race against. I think it's great we have Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. and Michael Waltrip racing in the Busch Series from time to time," he continued. "Even though some people say they take away spots, if you can make the show and learn from them, it's awesome."
Wolfe, a fellow Hungry Drivers Program participant, was among those lending support when Lynch tested at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"Charlotte's a tough place, especially for a rookie," noted Wolfe, a 27-year-old from Milford, N.Y., who competes in the NASCAR Busch North Series. "But if you can make it around Charlotte, you can make it around anywhere.
"This program is a lot of pressure. It can be tough if you have bad luck, but the people making the decisions look at the whole picture-how you communicate with the crew and the sponsors, not just your finishes," Wolfe concluded.
Lynch and the Country Crock crew steadily picked up speed during the two-day testing session. "We are definitely 10 times more competitive than we were when we started," Lynch said during the second day of testing. "We have set a fair and realistic goal for the race and we are looking forward to it."
Lynch says the main thing he has learned from his experience in the Hungry Drivers program is patience. "Sometimes I tape the word patience to the steering wheel before a race," Lynch said. "Whether you're driving or trying to find a sponsor, you just have to have patience."
Tickets for the Lowe's presents The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 on Friday night, Oct. 15, start at just $17 and can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at -800-455-FANS.